Sunday, April 3, 2011

My Favourite World Cup image....!

I was just so thrilled to spot this picture in the Asian Age this morning which captures two of my daughters (Arundhati and Anandita) at the historic match. Being a part of this stupendous event, was a life transforming experience they both said, with tears in their eyes. A memory they will cherish forever.... an occasion they will never ever forget. Understandable. Being amongst the lucky 33,000 mesmerised spectators inside the Wankhede Stadium as Dhoni ( super cool in his new 'ganja' avatar!) lifted the cup, has to count as a defining moment for any cricket-loving Indian. Seeing this picture in the papers has added to my daughters' thrill. It will be a really special memento to share with their own kids later in life.... and boast , "I was there when India won!" The girls were even more lucky this afternoon as they drove past Mantralaya and came alongside the team bus ferrying our Boys back from the reception at the Raj Bhavan. Fans who spotted them ( the cricketers ), cheered wildly as India's biggest ever heroes waved and smiled....looking exceptionally dashing in their brand new striped jerseys.
As for me, I am still marvelling at last night's miracle . Not just of winning the World Cup, but the explosion of pride and joy that erupted across India..... no, across the world. Mumbai was at its best last night - I should know. I was right there on Marine Drive at well past 2 a.m. amidst thousands of jubilant supporters of Team India ( not just in cricketing terms). Despite the charged up mood, not a single person misbehaved. No pushing, shoving, cursing or harassing. People spontaneously respected the sanctity of the moment, even as crowds surged ahead, yelling, whistling, singing and dancing. For once, our minds were on something bigger... higher... and one billion plus Indians have just eleven Magnificent Men to thank for this precious gift.

17 comments:

Tanvi said...

I am speechless! Still cannot contain the overwhelming feeling in my heart! Really wish was back home to witness it first hand. Your daughters are so lucky! :)

Proud to be an Indian!


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Pooja Rathore said...

It was great feeling i am proud to be an Indian i felt that when i saw the cheer the happiness cant explain true bliss is all i can say.
I had also prayed for sachin long back that he should be part of the team when we win world cup my wish came true thanks God!Yuvraj is my favourite i was very happy for him the man of the tournament!
you are right the speech given by Afridi ( was from heart...he is a sweet heart) and sangakara (the man i find very goodlooking and have a huge crush) is a true sportsman.
loved your column on Bapuji i dont agree with banning the Book you are right we are grown up and handle it.

RAJ47 said...

Hi Shobhaa,
please check this out.
Your blog article quoted in Aus.
http://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2011/04/india-wins-cricket-world-cup-you-beauty.html

Tsomo85 said...

Shobha De is like the queen of Mumbai & her daughters are 'ola' (rajkumar/kumari) of Mumbai who always gets the excellent pleasure! hehehe Yup! So dham lucky. God have mercy on us as well & bring some sunshine in our life as well. hehehe kidding. Enjoy the moment dear you deserve it.

DEB said...

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cmpershad said...

Two daughter sans mother....no..not a family group photo :)

Akshay singh said...

I hate playing a spoil-sport ma'am ...colud you please please spare a moment to go through an article of mine :-)
http://twistedchillies.blogspot.com/2011/04/cricket-championsnot-world-champions.html

Appu said...

Good to know that.
Thanks to media - no SRK photo?

Jogeshwar said...

Hi,
thanks for appreciating my point, you put it in a positive way. Here is another one
Andher Nagri Chaupat Raja, Khel kood mein baje hae baja, lutere ghar ko loot rahe haen, bas dhaadhi khujaae amli khwaaja.
The city has gone to dogs while the king is nowhere to be found, In sport and entertainment the masses make merry, and while the robbers are busy robbing the home, the jaded old man looks on and scratches his beard...

Vyankatesh said...

A proud moment indeed.

Watching it right there live must have made it extra special.

Uppal said...

What a proud moment for all of us.Filled with indescribable joy.A victory which will linger in our minds for ever.

Anonymous said...

I so wanted to be in Mumbai that day

Vaibhav Varun said...

plz. visit www.meetingwiththoughts.blogspot.com to see what I felt....plz. give it a glance mam....!

Another Kiran In NYC said...

What a celebration! I wish I had been there.

pankaj02 said...

the most luckiest ha.......u r amazing MRS DE

ranjeet said...

Yes it was a life time experience but for journalists like us who were assigned the job to cover the mood outside wankhede stadium was fabulous.

it was an experience which is very difficult to express in words.

Divya Virmani said...

A much awaited victory! Extremely proud of our bleeding blues. These guys are the superhero's and will always remain very close to our heart. Saturday was too thrilling. With every ball I was getting goosebumps. Almost had a fit when Sachin got out. My goodness! However, roared in high spirits at Dhoni's last sixer. That's exactly how a match is played. I envy you for being in India at Marine Drive for the biggest 'ever' celebration on our nation.
Kudos to the blue's of our nation! :)
http://divyavirmani.blogspot.com/2011/04/we-bleed-blue.html